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Where to Donate Used Clothes & Goods in Philadelphia

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in the midst of a big decluttering project! Either you’ve gathered all of your gently used belongings and are looking for the best, most loving way to trash them (good job!) – OR you’re procrastinating going through your stuff by researching every little bit ABOUT getting rid of clutter before… y’know… actually dealing with the clutter (we’ve been there).

Regardless of where you’re at in the process, we hope that this guide will make life a little easier! It can be super annoying using a million different sites to help determine what to do with your junk. Yelp, Google Maps, eBay, minimalist guides…

So we thought we’d do the work for you. And by that, we mean… do the work for us (because Jess is trying to figure out what to do with her used clothes and home decor kinda stuff right now), and then publish and share it with you! Super thoughtful of us, right? Thanks, we know.

 

Where to Donate Your Used Items (by Neighborhood)

 

Center City

 

Philly AIDS Thrift

710 S. 5th Street

(215) 557-9850

When to Drop Off Donations: 7 days a week during business hours (except for the first and last hours of operation daily)

Donations Accepted: Clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, appliances, books, cars, CDs, records and tapes, DVDs and VHS tapes, electronics, home furnishings in good condition, sporting goods

We love this non-profit organization because they distribute the proceeds from your used wares to other local organizations that advocate for and fight against HIV/AIDS. Their main beneficiary is the AIDS Fund.

 

Career Wardrobe

1822 Spring Garden Street

(215) 568-6693

When to Drop Off Donations: Mondays – Saturdays from 12 – 6 pm; or at their clothing drive on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 7 pm. You can also mail your donations!

Donations Accepted: Career clothing for women including suits, separates, shoes, pantyhose, accessories, outerwear, and unused beauty products. Uniform professional attire like scrubs, polos, steel toe boots and maternity wear. Men’s items, gift cards, and other casual or dressy items for women currently in season. They also offer consignment for high-end items; call the store for more info.

Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit social enterprise that helps women and men to transition through his or her next level of employment with confidence – and a killer/affordable outfit.

We love their mission because Broke Girls can shop at their budget-conscious Boutique Wardrobe storefront, while, more importantly, job seekers can shop at no cost with a referral or for a small fee if they are not receiving government assistance. The Career Wardrobe goes above and beyond to provide assistance in the area by also offering educational programs and career coaching!

 

Women Against Abuse Inc.

100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341

(215) 386-1280

When to Drop Off Donations: During regular business hours Mondays – Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm.

Donations Accepted: Goods for women and children* including clothing, bras and underwear, toiletries, baby items (carriers, bottles, pacifiers, cloth tote bags), gift cards, journals and notebooks, nail polish and lotion. * All items must be NEW! They also accept used cell phones.

Women Against Abuse serves more than 15,000 individuals each year. As the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Philadelphia against domestic violence, they offer services to women and families through a number of channels. This means safe, long-term housing, a legal center, a 24-hour city-wide hotline, and community training and education. Talk about women supporting women.

 

West Philadelphia

 

Second Mile Center

214 S. 45th Street

(215) 662-1663

When to Drop Off Donations: Mondays – Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm.

Donations Accepted: Clothing, household items, and furniture. They offer free pickup in the community and on the Main Line.

This 501(c)(3) doesn’t have much in the way of an online presence, so we recommend calling before visiting (note: those hours of operation are from their Facebook, but may be outdated). But what we can gather about Second Mile Center? They’ve been around since 1982. No, they have nothing to do with a certain Penn State scandal.

And yes, they do incredible work in offering employment to those reentering the workforce from prison, halfway houses and rehabs. Offering hand ups, not handouts, to those who need a job – and those who need used items on the cheap.

 

The Salvation Army

5501 Market Street
(215) 483-3340

When to Drop Off Donations: Anytime

Donations Accepted: Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, appliances, bakeware, household goods and cars.

The Salvation Army has been a go-to place to donate clothes for over a century. This organization offers support to a number of groups, including vets, the elderly, the homeless and hungry. Their help supports those in rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol, sex trafficking, prison, and more. All this to say, if you want your clothing donations to go a long way, the Salvation Army is a great bet. Use this link if you’d prefer to schedule a pickup.

 

South Philadelphia

 

Goodwill

2601 Front Street

(215) 463-5054

When to Drop Off Donations: Mondays – Saturdays from 9 am – 7 pm; Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm.

Donations Accepted: Clothing, accessories, toys, books, household goods, kitchenware, furniture, and more. See the link above for items they’ll proooobably – more likely than not – send you back home with. Note: They can also do a home pick-up to receive larger items, like furniture and used cars.

As you may have guessed from their name, Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia is a charitable organization that empower local residents by giving them confidence and skills needed for the workplace. Donations help those with disabilities and disadvantages through education, job training, and employment services.

They have a few other locations around Philly and Jersey, but not all accept donations. Check their website before heading over with your boxes and bags!

 

Heres2CoolStuff

1214 South Street

(267) 341-8511

When to Drop Off Donations: During regular business hours – Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am – 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 8 pm.

Donations Accepted: Clothing, accessories and outerwear for men and women (not limited to seasonal wear).

Run by John Graves III, this cool South Street spot is part of a multi-faceted company that includes JGP Studios. HC2S is described as a “space where art, artists, fashion and positivity collide”. We’re all about it! By the way, this space is all about giving back. Any clothing donations they cannot use are distributed to shelters and individuals who need them. As a donor, you can also make clothing drop offs for the homeless, too.

 

The Salvation Army

5101 S. 16th Street
(215) 483-3340

When to Drop Off Donations: Anytime

Donations Accepted: Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, appliances, bakeware, household goods and cars.

*Cough* we already went over this. See above (West Philadelphia)!

 

Editor’s note: We’ll continually update this list as it grows! Do you know of any additional places in the Greater Philadelphia area that accept drop-offs for donations of clothes and other items?

If we missed an organization, please let us know in the comments or on social media, and we’ll be sure to add them!

Happy giving / de-cluttering!

Jess works in the e-commerce and nonprofit industries with a focus on digital marketing, search engine optimization, social media, and public relations. She loves pop punk, performing arts, big cities, books, and chardonnay.

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